Use PowerShell to find your physical network adapter

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 20 Feb. 2014 / Last Updated on 20 Feb. 2014]

A tip on how to use PowerShell to find your physical network adapter

Here's a tip from my colleague Ed Wilson (the Microsoft Scripting Guy) about how to use PowerShell to find your physical network adapter.

Question: You want to find information about only your physical network adapter. How can you do this?

Answer: On Windows 8.1 using Windows PowerShell 4.0 add the –physical switch to your Get-NetAdapter command. This command appears here:

Get-NetAdapter -Physical

Mitch Tulloch is a nine-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award and a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization.  For more information see

Ed Wilson is the bestselling author of eight books about Windows Scripting, including Windows PowerShell 3.0 Step by Step, and Windows PowerShell 3.0 First Steps. He writes a daily blog about Windows PowerShell call Hey, Scripting Guy! that is hosted on the Microsoft TechNet Script Center; for more PowerTips check out the Hey, Scripting Guy! blog.


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The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a well-known expert on Windows Server administration and cloud computing technologies. He has published over a thousand articles on information technology topics and has written, contributed to or been series editor for over 50 books.

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